Management Team and Advisers
Stephen Conley PhD, President
Dr. Conley received his bachelor’s degree in Physics from the California State University, Chico and his PhD in Atmospheric Science from the University of California, Davis. His research focused on processes controlling transport of trace gases in the planetary boundary layer, with emphasis on turbulent motions. Prior to becoming an atmospheric scientist, Dr. Conley founded several successful companies and served as an officer in the United States Navy. He is an instrument rated commercial pilot with over 2000 hours of flight time.
Don Lenschow PhD, Advisor
Don Lenschow needs no introduction! Scientific Aviation is fortunate to have Don working with us on our high level product development activities.
Mackenzie Smith, PhD
Mackenzie received her Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Muhlenberg College, and completed her PhD at Harvard, studying aerosol formation and morphology. During her postdoctoral work at University of Michigan, she became interested in using airborne measurement platforms to study atmospheric emissions, and her love for all things airplane began. Working at Scientific Aviation allows her to combine her burgeoning passion for aviation with her desires to conduct high-quality scientific research and tinker with instrumentation. At SciAv, she also gets to engage with scientists from different institutions all over the country, continue to participate in exciting research projects, and see some amazing sights from the air. When not talking about science or airplanes, she can be found drawing anything from human figures to instrument diagrams. She also enjoys riding her very impractical single speed bicycle in hilly Colorado.
Chelsea Stockwell PhD
Chelsea received her PhD in Analytical/Environmental Chemistry at the University of Montana studying biomass burning emissions from an array of sources that included cooking fires, brick kilns, and garbage burning. She refined her laboratory skills as a research scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Boulder developing and deploying new instrumentation, once again targeting fire emission measurements. Her studies took her both near and far and she discovered her passion for field work, which led her to Scientific Aviation. In her spare time, she enjoys almost all outdoor activities, but you’re most likely to find her out on a mountain bike, or more likely on the side of the trail after crashing off said mountain bike.
Sam began her adventure with Scientific Aviation after a gap year spent back packing around the world. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from the University of Nevada, Reno; and is passionate about the environment and animal conservation on a global scale. When not on the job, Sam enjoys hiking, yoga, and snowboarding (or anything outdoors really).
Bear Givhan, Lead Pilot
Bear completed his commercial, instrument and private flight ratings in Boulder Colorado and has a degree in Geology from the University of Colorado. Bear is currently working as a full-time pilot for Scientific Aviation. Each day brings a new challenge and new people to work with. It is special to be part of an organization that is gathering first-hand data on the current state of our planet. When not flying science missions or working in the office, Bear enjoys riding his mountain bike and generally doing activities that get him outside.
Ian Locko, Pilot
Ian joined Scientific Aviation as a pilot after a career in Public Service. Ian started flying in 2008 with the intent of impressing women. After he met his fiancé, he soon changed course and is solely flying for compensation these days. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Psychology. He is passionate about environmental issues affecting the world. When not airborne, Ian enjoys photography and spending time on mountain snow.
Mitchell Hoke, Pilot
Mitch graduated from Colorado College in 2011 with a degree in Environmental Science. He pursued his passion for cycling racing around the country with various professional teams and the US National Team. In 2014, he started pursuing his childhood dream of flying by taking flight lessons at the Boulder airport. He loved flying so much that he joined the Wyoming Air National Guard to fly C-130 aircraft full-time. After 2 years of training he is back in Boulder, now part of the Scientific Aviation Team. You can find Mitch either flying or riding a bike somewhere, on some great adventure.